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Michael A. Cowan


Michael A. Cowan
Michael A. Cowan

Michael A. Cowan is a psychologist and theologian. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in systematic theology from St. John’s University (Collegeville). He is currently the director of the Common Good, a network of civil society organizations he founded after Hurricane Katrina to seek consensus as a basis for collective action to rebuild the city, which is part of the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy. He is co-author of People in Systems, Conversation, Risk, and Conversion: The Inner and Public Life of Small Christian Communities, and Roots for Radicals, and of articles in psychological and theological journals in the United States and Ireland. At LIM he teaches courses in practical theology and oversees the Small Christian Communities and Pastoral Care Focus Areas, as well as the courses Faith and Culture and Pastoral and Educational Praxis.


Ph.D., The Ohio State University; M.S., The Ohio State University; M.A., St. John’s University (Collegeville)

Classes Taught

Introduction to Practical Theology

Inner Life of Small Christian Communities

Religion, Crime, and Justice

Areas of Expertise

♦ Community Organizing

♦ Counseling

♦ Small Christian Community